Prague is an enchanting city, capable of captivating the visitor throughout the year. The climate is continental, with particularly hot summers and very cold winters. Depending on the season, your holiday in Prague can be very different… and so can your holiday budget.
Spring and autumn are the seasons with the mildest weather and, if you exclude the Easter holidays, also the cheapest. Winter in Prague is magical and really worth enduring the cold to see the city at its most atmospheric. Summer is cheerful and joyful and the longer daylight hours allow you to tour the city far and wide.
Here are the pros and cons of each season in detail, so you can choose when to visit Prague according to your tastes and interests.
Spring is perhaps the best time to visit Prague. The weather is mild, the city’s gardens are filled with flowers tinged with beautiful colours, and rates are lower than in summer.
During the Easter holidays, you can indulge in one of the many markets organised two weeks before and one week after the holiday.
Spring is also the best time for a cultural holiday in Prague: between May and early June the Prague Spring classical music festival is held, the most famous cultural event in the Czech Republic.
In summer in Prague it is hot and the days are very long, but like many other famous European capitals in the summer months Prague is literally stormed by tourists and consequently the prices of flights and hotels rise.
If you can, we recommend avoiding July and August; however, if these are the only months when you can travel, take advantage of the city’s beautiful parks and gardens to cool off in the shade after a day of visiting museums.
Another advantage of visiting Prague in the summer is being able to drink one of the famous and very tasty Czech beers in an outdoor beer garden.
Autumn is another good option for visiting the capital of the Czech Republic. The warm colours of autumn, which are enhanced on sunny days, give the city a fairy-tale atmosphere, the perfect setting for spectacular photographs.
True, the days get shorter, but there are still a good number of hours of daylight during the day; another advantage is that flight and hotel rates are good at this time.
Autumn in Prague is an enchanting experience: you can enjoy the spectacle of sunset on Charles Bridge without the crowds of summer or Christmas tourists and stroll through the streets of the centre without being constantly jostled. In the evening, when the sun goes down and the temperatures drop, warm up with a blond beer and a succulent meal in a traditional tavern.
If you love jazz, we particularly recommend October, during which the popular International Jazz Festival takes place in Prague.
Prague is one of the few cities in the world that is at its best in winter. If you can stand the cold (and remember that temperatures in the Czech Republic are very cold in winter!), choose this period to travel: Prague in winter is simply magical.
Its postcard views, picturesque narrow streets and romantic Charles Bridge covered in snow give the city an even more atmospheric atmosphere. When the temperatures become impossible to bear, you can visit one of the city’s many museums, which include both prestigious cultural institutions and quirky theme museums.
In the run-up to and during the festive season, Prague is festively lit and decorated; lively Christmas markets brighten up the city. An enchantment! If you want to spend Christmas and New Year’s in Prague, bear in mind that this is one of the peak tourist periods: to get good prices for flights and hotels you need to book well in advance.
For those with holiday flexibility, we recommend January, a month when few people travel: you will find low prices and little confusion.
The hottest months of the year in Weather Prague are June, July and August, when the monthly average temperature reaches 23 °C, while the coldest months of February and January the thermometer drops up to -4 °C.
In Weather Prague rainiest months of the year are June, May and July during which monthly rainfall average reaches 69 mm. On the other side, driest months are October, January and February when the average rainfall is reduced to 20 mm per month.
May, July, August and June are sunniest months of the year. During that months, from sunrise to sunset there are 9 total light hours in Weather Prague. In January, November and December daylight hours are reduced to 1.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.